7th April 2010
Gays and lesbians in Zimbabwe facing ‘corrective rape’ 15
5:41 PM — An annual report by the US State Department on human rights in Zimbabwe has said that gays and lesbians in the country face harassment and rape by people trying to 'cure' them.
Government forced to drop compulsory sex education plans 40
4:40 PM — The government has been forced into a climbdown over plans to make sex education compulsory for all pupils over 15. Gay rights campaigners had welcomed the plans as they would have ensured that all pupils were taught about gay relationships, homophobic bullying and HIV.
Lesbian tennis star Martina Navratilova diagnosed with cancer 10
4:11 PM — Martina Navratilova has revealed she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The former tennis world champion, 53, said that finding out the news in February was devastating.
Rising support for gay marriage in California 5
3:49 PM — A new poll has found that 52 per cent of Californian respondents support allowing gay marriage in the state. Fifty-two per cent of the 1,515 people surveyed agreed that "same-sex couples should be allowed to become legally married in the state of California", while 40 per cent disagreed.
Cyndi Lauper opens shelter for homeless gay young people 13
2:16 PM — Pop singer Cyndi Lauper has announced she is opening a shelter in New York for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people. The gay icon said the shelter would support people who had been kicked out by their parents.
Equality Bill passes through parliament 25
1:44 PM — The Equality Bill has passed through its final stages in parliament and will now become law after receiving royal assent.
William Hague says Chris Graying will not seek law change for B&B owners 89
11:39 AM — Shadow foreign secretary William Hague has insisted that Chris Grayling will not try to change the law to allow bed and breakfast owners to discriminate against gay couples.
Trans woman may sue over half-completed surgery 15
11:12 AM — A trans woman from Southend says she is considering legal action after her local health trust refused to pay for her breast augmentation.
California considers repealing gay cure law 12
10:50 AM — California lawmakers are considering whether to repeal a law which requires the state to look for cures for homosexuality. The 1950s legislation says gays are "sexual deviants".
Cameron mentions gay people in his list of the great ignored 58
1:23 AM — At a rally in Leeds, Conservative leader David Cameron included gay people in his list of the "great ignored" who he is fighting the election for. The inclusion followed an accidental omission in the speech he gave in London to launch the election campaign.